Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Rathian Monster Guide

A guide on Rathian in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, including an overview, monster stats, materials, and strategy on how to defeat it.

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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Velkhana


Rathian Monster Guide

Dubbed the “Queen of the Land,” Rathian is the fierce female counterpart to Rathalos. It mainly inhabits the Ancient Forest and Coral Highlands. Rathian are extremely protective of their eggs and are angered with any attempts at poaching them. Among Rathian’s deadliest attacks is a backflip that strikes its target with its poisonous tail.



Type Element Ailments Inflicted Weakness
Flying Wyvern Fire Fireblight, Poison Dragon, Thunder
Weak Points Breakable Parts Location Tempered Level
Head, Wings, Tail Head, Wings, Back, Tail Ancient Forest, Coral Highlands 1


Material How to Obtain Notes
Rathian Scale Body Carving, Quest Reward
Rathian Shell Body Carving, Quest Reward
Rathian Spike Body Carving, Tail Carving
  • Break Back
  • Cut Tail
Rathian Webbing Body Carving, Quest Reward
Rathian Wingtalon Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Wings
Rathian Scale+ Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • High rank only
Rathian Carapace Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Head
  • High rank only
Rathian Spike+ Body Carving, Tail Carving, Quest Reward
  • Break Back
  • Cut Tail
Rathian Plate Body Carving, Quest Reward
Rathian Ruby Body Carving, Quest Reward
  • 1% body carving, 1% tail carving (+1% back break, +3% head break)
  • 1% capture
  • 1% quest reward
  • 8% silver investigation reward
  • 13 gold reward
Monster Bone L Quest Reward
Monster Keenbone Quest Reward
Flame Sac Quest Reward
Inferno Sac Quest Reward


Fire Resistance

Rathian shoots out fireballs up close or from a distance. Unlike Rathalos, Rathian can only perform this on the ground. Wearing fire-resistant armor such as the Anja and Kulu sets mitigates damage from these attacks.

Use Flashpods

Use a flashpod when Rathian takes to the skies to force it to crash down. It will struggle to get up, giving you a brief moment to attack it at will.

Use Shock Traps

You can momentarily paralyze Rathian with shock traps to get in a good amount of hits. Note that it will develop resistance to the tool with frequent use. Use shock traps sparingly if you intend to capture Rathian using them.

Bring Antidotes

Rathian’s backflip attack inflicts poison. Before heading out, stock up on antidotes to cure yourself when needed. There will also be several spots to gather antidote herbs in the Ancient Forest and Coral Highlands to make them.

Avoiding Rathian’s Backflip Attack

You can tell if Rathian will perform its backflip attack when it pulls back and stomps with each leg. Get away as fast as you can to avoid taking damage and getting poisoned. After the move, Rathian will be airborne. Keep your guard up if you are near it as it can also perform the backflip while in the air.

Cut off Rathian’s Tail

Cutting off Rathian’s tail prevents it from poisoning you. It will also be safer to engage it up close because of the reduced range of its tail whip.
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